betide

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From Middle English betiden; equivalent to be- +‎ tide. Compare Old English tīdan (to betide).

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  • IPA(key): /bəˈtaɪd/
  • Rhymes: -aɪd
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betide (third-person singular simple present betides, present participle betiding, simple past and past participle betid or betided)

  1. (transitive) To happen unto; to befall.
  2. (intransitive) To happen; to take place; to bechance or befall.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii[2]:
      [] Wipe thou thine eyes; have comfort.
      The direful spectacle of the wreck, which touch'd
      The very virtue of compassion in thee,
      I have with such provision in mine art
      So safely order'd that there is no soul,
      No, not so much perdition as an hair
      Betid to any creature in the vessel
      Which thou heard'st cry, which thou saw'st sink. []

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